verb (used without object)

to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave: The demagogue ranted for hours.

verb (used with object)

to utter or declaim in a ranting manner.


ranting, extravagant, or violent declamation.
a ranting utterance.

Nearby words

  1. ransack,
  2. ransom,
  3. ransom, john crowe,
  4. ransome,
  5. ransomware,
  6. rant and rave,
  7. rantallion,
  8. ranters,
  9. rantoul,
  10. ranula

Origin of rant

First recorded in 1590–1600, rant is from the Dutch word ranten (obsolete) to talk foolishly

Related formsrant·er, nounrant·ing·ly, adverbout·rant, verb (used with object)un·rant·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rant



to utter (something) in loud, violent, or bombastic tones
(intr) mainly Scot to make merry; frolic


loud, declamatory, or extravagant speech; bombast
mainly Scot a wild revel
Scot an energetic dance or its tune
Derived Formsranter, nounranting, adjective, nounrantingly, adverb

Word Origin for rant

C16: from Dutch ranten to rave; related to German ranzen to gambol

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